PA Campground Review

Wow what a gem we found on our travels through Pennsylvania! Not far off of the main freeway, quiet, very friendly and they give a military discount!

Camp Wilhelm has nice pull through spaces, a pool, a store with just about everything you’d need, propane, wood for your fire rings, very dog friendly and all reasonably priced.

If you are traveling through this way you can check it out here!

$10 Camping with Hookups in Texas!

We love camping in National or State forests because of the quiet, country settings. Also, to give Tory plenty of room to run, play Frisbee or swim. As we were driving yesterday I noticed a camping sign so told Bruce to pull in. Bad idea! It turned out to be a narrow, bumpy dirt road. We went about two miles then found a place to turn around after fixing the trailer brakes. Yup, that kind of thing always happens when you are out in the boonies. LOL. It turned out to be a minor fix, thank goodness. The safety brake release cord had gotten stuck under the hitch. Bruce raised the trailer a bit to get it out then made sure it was placed so that didn’t happen again. At least now we know they work very well. The trailer wasn’t moving anywhere!

After getting back on the main road we saw a National Forest headquarters so decided to pull in and ask about camping close by. Turns out we were only one mile away from a great area. Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area in the Davy Crockett National Forest. It was built in 1936 by the CCC and surrounds a beautiful 45-acre lake. The lake was once a log pond for the Central Coal and Coke Company sawmill which operated from 1902 to 1920. Ratcliff is open year-round and offers quite a few amenities. Camping, fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking to name a few. Great area to ride your bikes too.

The area has flush toilets, hot showers and trash bins along with 59 camp sites. They range from non-electric to full hookups with either 20 or 30-amp service. The electric sites are in Dogwood Loop which is located to your left after entering the camping area. Some can be reserved and others are on a first come, first serve basis.

This is a self-pay campground. When you pull in you will see the box with the pay envelopes. Go ahead into the campground to find a site that is available. After you get set up you will have to drive back to pay. The best part of this area is the price. If you have a Senior/Golden Age/Access pass it is only half price! We choose space number 18 which had water and electric and costs only $10 per day! You probably won’t get full hookups as the camp hosts usually have those but they do have a dump station on the way out.

There was no internet service here for us. We did get about six TV channels including ABC. I really enjoy watching GMA in the mornings with my coffee so that was a nice surprise. I really didn’t expect any channels to come in because of the tree cover. I’m sure if you have satellite TV you can find a good place to put it to receive a lot more channels but I’m quite happy with over the air service. We like to be outside and don’t watch much TV. We do both enjoy Gaming once in a while though so we have a small second TV that we sit outside and play our games on. Bruce likes his Xbox and I have a Nintendo Switch. I’m sure other campers must find it hilarious to watch us. We tend to talk to the games or yell at them depending on which direction the game is going in. {ha-Ha}

The weather this time of year is very nice in the evenings especially. It was pretty warm during the day. Average in the high 80’s. We stayed two days in early October but could have stayed much longer.

You can find the Campground at 18551 State Highway 7 East in Kennard Texas. From Crockett travel Highway 7 east for 15 miles and turn left on Ratcliff Lake entrance road. From the Lufkin area travel Highway 103 west for 16 miles where it merges with HWY 7. Continue west for 12 miles and turn right at the recreation area entrance.

 

 

$7 Camping in Mississippi

In Aberdeen there is a very nice Army Corp of Engineers campground. Quiet, country setting, near water if you have a water dog like my Tory and cheap! There are about six or eight long term campers but they keep things clean and all seemed very friendly.

Sites are large back ins with water and electric. Dump station is near by. Lots of trees for shade, fire rings, BBQ’s and a huge grass area to play on. Very dog friendly and has a nice long road to ride your bikes on.

No WiFi but great over the air TV reception. We picked up at least eight channels. Cell service was spotty for us but we use Republic Wireless so not sure about the big carriers.

The best thing is the price! $7 per day or $180 per month and if you are Military it’s only twenty miles to Columbus AFB. Directions can be found here.